Quick blog today. Quite busy. I mean, I’m not even writing in proper sentences here.
It’s the whole Christmas thing, old friends. It really takes up your time. This has been one of my first shopping days, now that my tour and indeed all my performing commitments for 2010 are over. After half an hour in the shops I’d quite happily have taken on 30 more shows back-to-back. But there we are.
I imagine the festive period is going to drastically disrupt the blog. It’s possible the Blogless Day will be unavoidable what with the prior commitments of turkey-eating, elaborate-present-wrapping (the Watson family goes for Christmas pretty hard) and of course my first ever stint as Father Christmas. (As some wit once said – ‘at first you believe in Santa Claus, then you don’t believe in Santa Claus, than you ARE Santa Claus’.)
What I may have to do to minimise the threat of disaster is to have a run of very very short blogs in Christmas week itself, like just a couple of sentences, which build up to some big payoff a bit like an advent calendar. This would maintain the unbroken sequence without causing me to ruin my family’s Christmas by spending Christmas Eve hitting the table and wailing about connectivity problems, when I would be better off drinking mulled wine and carousing.
Quickly – the Substantially Better thing. Basically, it will definitely rear its whimsical head on the radio at some point in 2011. At the moment (and this is far from confirmed) there is talk of doing it as a LIVE SHOW which would operate much like the original serieses, but would include tweet/text/online-y contributions from ACTUAL LIVE LISTENERS which would then shape the course of the show. Obviously this would be most unlike almost anything done on Radio 4 before, and indeed most things done anywhere before, and with good reason: it would be terrifying. If you’ve seen me live you will know how much I tend to go off the beaten track and incorporate the most peculiar of audience-led digressions. The prospect of transferring this shambolic package across to the radio (especially if I’m accompanied by lunatics like Key again) is both thrilling and alarming.
As I say, this is ABSOLUTELY NOT CONFIRMED TO BE HAPPENING. So keep it under your hat, will you? But if it does happen, I’ll start mobilising support on this blog both for the studio audience, and for the at-home-chipping-in audience. But I can’t emphasise enough it MIGHT WELL NOT HAPPEN. But it might. But it MIGHT NOT. Good. That’s cleared that up.